In the Urban Priestess Mystery School, the sacred symbol for the Muse (Gemini) is the Feather Quill. The Priestess as Muse is creative, communicative and authentic in her expression. She is a poet with words flying through her soul and she writes with clear transmission. The Muse consciously prepares herself to receive the Divine Download and has her feather quill in hand with her well of dark blue indigo ink, like a lake of lapis lazuli waiting to flow through her.
Skipping, leaping, praying and playing with her words, song and dance, the Muse awakens the bright spirit of Joy in the hearts of all. She’s indefatigable in her musings because she knows how to Source rather than over effort. Her secret is Joy and this opens the gateways to her inner flowing fountain of indigo ink.
Ultimately, the Muse transforms her entire life into the Divine Play of Consciousness and feels her life is a stream of creative expression versus a distinct division between work and play.
Etymology of Quill:
The most likely etymological source for quill is from the High German kil and Low German quiele, meaning “piece of reed, hollow stem of a feather or large feather”.
The English word pen comes from the Latin word penna meaning “feather”.
History of the Feather Quill:
Quill has multiple definitions including:
- The lower shaft of the feather, specifically the lower region or calamus lacking barbs.
- A pen made from a feather.
- An object in the form of a thin tube, like the spines of a porcupine.
The writing quill came into use after the use of styluses to write on clay and reed pens with ink to write on papyrus and animal skins. The humble quill remained the primary writing instrument for the Western world for more than a thousand years. It is documented that the quill was used as early as the 2nd century BC to write part of the Dead Sea Scrolls, even though most historical accounts attribute the 6th -7th centuries as the initiation of the quill. Quills remained popular until the mass production of pens in the 19th century. The strongest quills came from the primary flight feathers of large birds with goose, swan and turkey feathers being the most common. Other feathers were used as well including crow, eagle, owl and hawk.
The quill has generated a great amount of content that we rely upon today.
Some of the most famous documents written with the quill include:
- Magna Carta, 1215 CE
- Declaration of Independence, 1776 CE
- Constitution of the United States, 1787 CE
Every quill is unique – just as the Muse is in her creative expression.
Please note that while the Air Element is at play, there is a deep sense of presence and reverence in the root of the heart. The Anahata Chakra, the heart chakra, is the air element and the power of Joy in the center of our being where Heaven and Earth dance in their eternal delight. It is a misconception to label the Air Element with false headiness that leads to stagnant, limited patterns of thinking. Air loves vitality and movement; it is the governing element of mobility. This means to mobilize the Bright Spirit in service to the heart of humanity and galvanize great change with Joy leading the way.
The Feather Quill represents the flow of consciousness moving through the unimpeded and unobscured Vessel of the Priestess. Cultivate yourself through the Wheel of the Priestess, open your channels in a grounded way and remember this is all the ecstasy of the Divine Play!
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